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Overcoming the challenges of the packaging industry
As a famous fictional policeman once said, “the reason that the rich were so rich... was because they managed to spend less money.” What he meant was that although the rich may buy more expensive things, they buy products that will last longer and are therefore a better investment. Although the policeman in question was referring to boots at the time, the same is true of cars, phones, and even servo actuators used in packaging machines. Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, explains.
10 tips for evaluating robotic torches
The difference between the optimum robotic torch and an adequate robotic torch could mean the difference between hitting your weekly quality and productivity goals and scrambling to ensure on-time delivery. To help you select the correct torch for your application and to maximise Operational Equipment Efficiency (OEE), quality and profitability you should consider these 10 key points.
Maximising spring life
Goss Springs, based in Epping, have been designing and manufacturing industrial springs and press parts for over 65 years so it is fair to say that the father and son team now a thing or two about maximising spring life for their customers.
The impact of digital decay for older industrial devices
The 1980s: an era of double denim, floppy disks and vinyl classics. Back then, the concept of storing your vinyl collection on a ‘cloud’ was unimaginable and, let’s be honest, ridiculous. Today, data storage for consumer and industrial technology is advancing rapidly, but what does this mean for older industrial devices? Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial automation supplier EU Automation examines how digital decay is affecting industry.
The 'I's have it – the three pillars of automation
As the trends towards digitalisation and the mobile information society gather momentum, consumers are demanding more information about the origin and content of the products they buy. Furthermore, they expect products, information and services to be increasingly targeted and personalised. This is how Omron sees the future.
How to overcome orientation effect in food metal detectors
Food products come in all shapes, sizes and density. What’s more, products don’t always travel consistently in the same direction when passing through the metal detector aperture. Since size, shape and symmetry of metal contaminants cannot be controlled, operating a metal detector at the highest possible sensitivity setting is generally viewed as the best method to tackle product and orientation effect says Phil Brown, Sales Director at Fortress Technology.
Designing with obsolescence in mind
It’s fair to say that the smartphone is to blame for many everyday technologies including the calculator, the torch and the camera slowly entering the realms of obsolescence. However, not even this disruptive technology can go on ruling our lives forever; a study by Ericsson found that one in two people believe the smartphone will be obsolete in 5 years’ time. With tech lifecycles becoming shorter, it is important for product designers to plan in advance for component obsolescence to maximise the life span of their products. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial automation equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses his considerations for designing for obsolescence.
Benefits of universal peripherals: the universal brake chopper
There is a real danger in the specification of inverters for use in heavy-duty applications. Fresh from the manufacturer, most drives – even ones with onboard brake choppers – are not rated sufficiently for the braking demand of the application. Here John Mitchell, global business development manager of maintenance and repair specialist CP Automation, discusses the benefits of using a universal brake chopper that works with any inverter.